Hanscom Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol
One of the leading Civil Air Patrol squadrons in Massachusetts
Hanscom Composite Squadron is recognized one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing an, accomplishment we are very proud of. By performing homeland security, humanitarian missions and developing our country's youth, the squadron is comprised of a dedicated team of professional volunteers professionals who are proud to be serving America.More...
CAP offers one of the most robust youth leadership programs in the country
The Civil Air Patrol, cadet program, provides the youth of our nation with a quality program that enhances their leadership skills through an interest in aviation, and simultaneously provides service to the United States Air Force and the local community. The program is open to United States citizens and permanent residence between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age. Click the image above for more information. …More...
Our senior program offers the opportunity to work in a multitude of different roles.
Hanscom Composite Squadron is recognized one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing an, accomplishment we are very proud of. By performing homeland security, humanitarian missions and developing our country's youth, the squadron is comprised of a dedicated team of professional volunteers professionals who are proud to be serving America. MA-043 Hanscom Squadron - Senior Program Senior Members currently meet at 7:00pm - 9:00pm on the 1st…More...
Join our team and make a real difference to your community
As part of the Hanscom squadron you can make a difference whatever your skills and background! As much as we need our pilots and aircrew, that is only part of the story. We have members who come from all walks of life and contribute in many ways to our programs. We train our members in the skills they need to contribute to our programs and services.More...
Squadron Commander's Welcome
Lt. Col. Stephen P. Hood
Welcome and thank you for visiting our website, I hope you find the information on this site helpful as you consider membership in Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
All of the members of the Hanscom Composite Squadron take great pride in our squadron and in our accomplishments across the spectrum of the three CAP missions we serve: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.
We are recognized as one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing and are very proud of this accomplishment. We excel by substantially contributing to the capability of the Wing. Our members are dedicated, professional, and we enjoy what we do!
We invite you to become involved with us, contribute your talents, and refine your leadership and technical skills as we carry out these very important missions.
If you would like to see first hand what Hanscom Composite Squadron is all about, go to the Contact Us link and myself or one of my staff officers will reach out to you directly.
Lt. Col. Stephen P. Hood
Latest Squadron News
Cape Cod Photo Mission
Members of Hanscom Composite Squadron participated in a North East Region Search and Rescue Exercise on 3 Aug 2013. Photo missions were conducted of the North Shore of Massachusetts as well as the Eastern shore of Cape Cod.
Members of the Squadron, Wing and Region coordinated efforts and received valuable training in preparation for the upcoming 2013 hurricane season.
Lt Tuxbury earns the Billy Mitchell award
5 July 2012,
Hanscom Composite Squadron member, C/2d Lt Jonathan D.T. Tuxbury received the Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award #61299 from Squadron Commander, Major Stephen Hood CAP and Massachusetts Representative Thomas Conroy
The Mitchell Award is only given to cadets of the highest caliber who have demonstrated outstanding integrity, maturity, and leadership ability.
To become eligible, cadets must pass comprehensive leadership and aerospace examinations and a physical fitness test in addition to other training requirements.
Although it marks the halfway point of the CAP cadet program, the Mitchell is widely considered to be the most significant award as it marks the transition from Cadet NCO to Cadet Officer.
It is the direct analogue to the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout rank and the Girl Scouts' Gold Award. CAP cadets who earn the Mitchell become eligible for scholarships, special National Cadet Special Activities, and advanced grade upon enlistment in the United States Air Force.
In addition to these tangible benefits, Mitchell Award recipients are given the responsibility and privilege of taking on a greater leadership role in the cadet program.
Hanscom Squadron hear from former Air Force secretary
When members, family, friends and guests of the Hanscom Composite Squadron gathered recently for a traditional dining-out mess to celebrate the past year's activities and accomplishments, the occasion was made even more special by the keynote speaker – Dr. Shelia E. Widnall, secretary of the Air Force from 1993-1997.
Widnall emphasized the importance of core values to guide both professional and personal conduct. As Air Force secretary, she promulgated the service branch’s current core values: "integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do." Those concepts form the basis for Civil Air Patrol’s core values: "integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect."
Recalling her childhood near Tacoma, Wash., Widnall said her interest in aviation was kindled by watching military aircraft arrive and depart from nearby McChord Air Force Base. That fascination led her to graduate degrees and a tenured faculty appointment at MIT in aerodynamics and astronautics, where she has also served as chairwoman of the engineering faculty and associate provost.
Appointed as secretary of the Air Force in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Widnall was the first female to serve in that role. She was a strong supporter for modernization of the Air Force and also promoted measures to improve the quality of life for personnel and their families.
Addressing the assembled Hansom cadets, Widnall stressed the need to build a strong network to help one achieve professional success. She encouraged each cadet to seek a mentor and, in turn, to serve as a mentor to those who follow.
After her speech, Widnall presented CAP’s Gen. Billy Mitchell Award to Cadet 2nd Lt. Julianne Braden, a sophomore and Navy ROTC midshipman at Georgia Tech.
The squadron presented a plaque to Widnall to commemorate her participation in the event.
Maj. Stephen Hood, Hanscom Composite Squadron commander, presents a commemorative plaque to Dr. Sheila Widnall.